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Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Lille Europe Thalys / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville

$92 - $126

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
  2. Take the bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Calais

$15 - $22

3 alternative options

Train via Bruxelles-Midi  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Bruxelles-Midi Tha
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar to Lille Europe Eurostar Est / ...
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun Tgv / ...

$95 - $155

Night bus, bus and ferry  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take the night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Lille N803 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lille to Calais

$55 - $85

Drive  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Calais 178.5 miles

$40 - $65

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Calais via Lille Europe and Lille Flandres in around 3 h 57 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Calais via Brussels City Center - Midi Train station and Lille in around 5 h 47 min.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$70 - $100
1st Class
$100 - $140
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$40 - $65
1st Class
$65 - $90
Train from Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $70
SNCF
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Eurostar
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $60
Premier
$68 - $70
Train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $55
Premier
$65 - $68
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$26 - $31
1st Class
$45 - $48
Train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $30
1st Class
$44 - $46
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Rotterdam to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Lille
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Lille to Calais
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Lille
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus and ferry from Lille to Calais
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Rotterdam and Calais is 211 km. The road distance is 286 km.

The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Calais is to bus which costs 12€ - 19€ and takes 5 h 47 min.

The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Calais is to drive which takes 2 h 56 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Calais. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Calais Ville via Lille Flandres. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 57 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Calais. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Calais via Brussels City Center - Midi Train station and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 47 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to get from Rotterdam to Calais, including transfers.